Trash, recycling & city upkeep

Recycle fall leaves

The Department of Streets collects fallen leaves for composting, which reduces the amount of waste that goes to landfill. The City performs mechanical leaf collection in certain areas with heavy leaf accumulation. You can also drop off bagged leaves at collection events throughout the city.

The department takes collected leaves to the Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center. Small quantities of the resulting compost and mulch are available for free to Philadelphia residents.

Residents can also drop off their bagged leaves at sanitation convenience centers or put bagged leaves out with normal trash, but these leaves will not be composted.

Leaf collection season

The 2020 Philly Leaf Recycling Program begins Monday, November 9, and ends Saturday, December 19, 2020.

Bagged leaf drop-off events

See the map for bagged leaf drop-off locations.

You can bring bagged leaves to drop-off points on the following days and times.

Date Time
Saturday, November 7 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, November 21 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 5 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 12 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 19 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tips for bagged leaf drop-off

  • Residents must place leaves in large brown biodegradable paper bags.
  • Yard waste (such as brush and tree limbs) will not be accepted.
  • Do not mix trash or other recyclable materials with bagged leaves.

Mechanical leaf collection

See the map for mechanical leaf collection areas and pickup dates.

Tips for mechanical leaf collection

  • Rake leaves into the street by 7 a.m. on the collection day for your area.
  • Do not bag or pile the leaves.
  • Move your vehicle to an off-street parking location on your scheduled collection day, if possible.

Map of drop-off events and mechanical collection

Enter your address to search the map. If you live within a mechanical collection area, select the shaded portion of the map to learn your pickup date. If you’re outside a mechanical collection area, take your bagged leaves to one of the drop-off locations.

  • Mechanical Service Areas
  • Bagged Leaf Drop-Off

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